Traumatic spinal cord injury, alcohol, and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

D. E. Rohe, J. R. Basford

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether use of selected Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) scales can identify personality characteristics in male patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and a positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of injury. The sample consisted of 20 men with a positive and nine men with a negative BAC. These groups were contrasted on select MMPI clinical scales and derived subscales reflecting traits such as rebelliousness and impulsivity. The subgroup with a positive BAC was contrasted with the negative BAC group and a normative control group of 101 similarly aged men. Laboratory data revealed that the average BAC when the patients arrived at the emergency room was 1,507 μg/ml. Seventy-five percent of the positive BAC group had BAC concentrations above the legally defined limit of 1,000 μg/ml. Except for the MacAndrews Alcoholism Scale, all MMPI clinical scales or their corresponding derived subscales were not significantly different between groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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